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Early Years

The pupils in Hedgehog class access the curriculum through play based learning opportunities.  A combination of whole class, small group and one to one teaching opportunities occur every day, alongside child initiated learning.  Continuous provision within the indoor and outdoor learning environment enables the pupils to practise and consolidate the new skills they learn during adult directed learning.   This child initiated learning is a significant part of early years teaching, therefore the learning environment is set up to be as flexible as possible (an enabling environment) within which the pupils are encouraged to become independent learners.

The Early Years Foundation Stage contains seven main areas of learning following a developmental approach.  The Prime Areas of learning are; physical development, communication and language, and personal, social and emotional development:  these form the foundations of learning for our pupils.  Specific areas of learning focus on; literacy, maths, understanding the world (includes world, people and communities and ICT) and expressive art and design.

The pupils’ progress in all areas of learning is assessed through continuous observations by the experienced early years’ staff.  These observations form individual learning journals which include information from parents, carers and other professionals working with the pupil.  At the end of the Reception year this profile is used to ‘score’ the pupil’s progress against the Early Learning Goals.  The progress of Key Stage 1 pupils who access the National Curriculum is measured using P-scales.


Nicki Gilbert


Westfield School,

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